Centre for Access to Justice


APPG on Legal Aid Policy Assistants

About the Project: 

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party interest groups of MPs and Peers interested in a particular issue. APPGs do not have any power to make laws and are not funded by Parliament. There are a great number of APPGs, covering many and such diverse fields such as health, education, transport, defence, finance, the media and sports. 


The APPG on Legal Aid (the Group) was established in July 2009, and is co-sponsored by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). The Group brings together Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons with the singular purpose to discuss issues relating to legal aid. The Group meets regularly when Parliament is sitting to discuss topics that are important in the legal aid sector and to hear from those that work within it. Previous Chairs of the Group include Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer. Our current chair is Karen Buck MP and Vice-Chairs include Lord Charlie Falconer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Lord Willy Bach, and Lord Colin Low. For more information about the APPG itself, please take a look at our website here


The Role:  

As an APPG we write monthly bulletins about developments in the legal aid world; are very active on twitter; host meetings in Parliament for MPs and Peers on a variety of topics and also provide training and briefings for MPs and their caseworkers. We also run campaigns in and around Westminster. We are looking for a student who might be interested in helping out at meetings, writing up minutes, assisting with the bulletin and generally being active in our campaigns


Person Specification:

This role would suit someone with an interest in justice issues and a role in the civil service or an interest in the workings at Parliament. Ideally the candidate would have some experience in taking minutes and some creative writing ability.  


Time Commitment/Schedule:  

The work would largely be remote with some attendance at meetings in Westminster. This would be for a couple of hours once a month with the expectation that draft minutes would be produced after the meeting. In addition to this, there may be  up to a day a month helping producing a bulletin  and an evening every couple of months assisting with a campaign event.


Eligibility and How to Apply:  

This role is open to 2nd, 3rd, and final year LLB Students as well as LLM Students.  The deadline for applications 11:59pm 29 January 2020. 


To apply please complete an online application form which is available here. Please make sure you also complete the anonymous Equality and Diversity Questionnaire, available here.